TOKYO – Mildred Morgan has seen a lot of American products shipped overseas. She’s seen cars and toasters go offshore, even her husband’s favorite beer is losing it’s American status. But she never figured she’d lose her grandmother’s apple pie to the Japanese.
The recipe for American Apple Pie, as it has been copyrighted, is now available exclusively through Japanese firm Omagosha, who purchased the rights to the recipe from Morgan’s great grand-daughter for the sum of $1.2 billion.
“This recipe epitomizes the classic American pie. The licensing opportunities are extensive,” said company representative Toni Tomiko. “This is the natural progression in acquiring American culture wholesale and then selling it back.”
Omagosha’s website assures American pie makers that the recipe for American Apple Pie will be available for download at no fee indefinitely so long as the end product is used for in home, personal use only. “We are interested in the commercial and bake sale categories only at this time,” said Tomiko.
Sources inside the Justice Department confirm they are working with Omagosha and Japanese officials to develop a monitoring system to ensure no unauthorized pies are baked from bootlegged or memorized recipes.